Articles by: Maureen Perry

Home movies and the value of information

Home movies and the value of information

Last summer I had some 8 mm. home movies digitized.  The process brought home–Pun very much intended!–how information has value. The Information has Value frame notes the “skills, time, and effort needed to produce knowledge” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015, Information has Value section, Dispositions sub-section).  I will […]

By July 14, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Dishware and strategic searching

Dishware and strategic searching

July 4 brought to mind cookouts, which brought to mind some recent research.  I needed a baseline value for some Royal Winton corn-on-the-cob dishes.  Getting it took some strategic searching (Association of College .& Research Libraries, 2015). A keyword search yielded a similar question on an appraisal site.  Thus I […]

Museums and democracy

Museums and democracy

The National Museum of American History has opened three new exhibitions: “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” “Religion in Early America,” and “Many Voices, One Nation” (Frischkorn, 2017).  These shows highlight how museums, archives, and libraries serve as sites for exploring what our democracy means.  Have a safe and happy 4th! […]

By June 30, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Maine Academic Libraries Day 2017

Maine Academic Libraries Day 2017

June 15 brought us this year’s Maine Academic Libraries Day.  Margarita Noriega’s keynote speech highlighted some useful resources and drew thoughtful questions from the audience. Nancy Lewis, Amber Gray, Grace Liu, and Jen Bonnet (University of Maine) showcased four initiatives at the Fogler Library : a student book club, a […]

By June 23, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Audiobook Month and info lit

Audiobook Month and info lit

Last time I discussed learning about my new phone.  One of my goals was to download audiobooks from Maine Infonet’s Download Library.  Since it is Audiobook Month, June is an ideal time to plug Maine Infonet’s Download Library and talk about audiobooks. Explore the Download Library for yourself.  There you’ll find […]

By June 16, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Negotiating the learning curve

Negotiating the learning curve

Recently I had to upgrade my phone.  To learn about Apple products and better serve my Mac-speaking patrons I bought an iPhone.  Since I’d never owned an Apple device, I ‘ve faced a learning curve–negotiated through information. I’ve spoken with technicians in-store, Apple support staff online, and more experienced iPhone […]

By May 26, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Spring cleaning and data curation

Spring cleaning and data curation

  Before I spring clean my home office, I am weeding out some paper files.  I ask myself such questions as: Do I need to keep this document? Why do I need to keep it? For how long? These questions resemble the ones that data curators ask.  Erway notes that […]

By May 18, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Keep asking questions

Keep asking questions

  Commencement speeches often remind us to keep learning.  While I admire the sentiment, how do we keep it from becoming a cliché?  I found one possible answer in a book about questions. Make just one change outlines a system for students to develop their own questions.  It uses varied […]

By May 11, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Summer productivity preview

Summer productivity preview

  Are you already thinking about your summer academic projects?  The Chronicle of Higher Education has a helpful article on summer research productivity (“How to,” 2017).  The Chronicle compiled tips from faculty at various institutions.  After all our colleagues can be valuable sources of information.  The ACRL Framework notes the […]

By May 4, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Poetry and the research conversation

Poetry and the research conversation

My National Poetry Month posts are self-indulgent.  This year’s is particularly so. Please bear with me, though, as I’ll make an information literacy point (or two). I’m preparing an essay for the Franco-American magazine Le FORUM.  The piece recounts how a certain poem worked with surrounding items in Le F.A.R.O.G. […]

By April 28, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library